Nigeria’s First Bank, a stalwart in banking for over a century, has shown its dedication to fostering business development across Africa. Through its sponsorship of A.I.T.E 2023 in New York, the bank reaffirmed its commitment to support SMEs for the continent’s growth.
The event, themed “The Imperatives of Global Trade for African SMEs,” brought together leaders, entrepreneurs, and government officials to promote networking and showcase innovative products and services.
Notable figures included government representatives, industry leaders, and FirstBank’s own CEO, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, who emphasized the pivotal role of SMEs in Africa’s economic prosperity. He pledged FirstBank’s unwavering support in propelling Africa’s next phase of growth and development.
The AITE project, conceived to boost African SMEs in the North American market, aligns with the popularity of Afrobeat music and aims to diversify foreign exchange income in Nigeria and Africa.
Dr. Uzoka-Anite, Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment, encouraged Nigerians in the diaspora to invest in Nigeria, highlighting the nation’s resilience and potential.
In a significant move, FirstBank’s subsidiaries, including FBNBank Guinea, have adopted the parent brand’s name, enhancing brand clarity and consistency across markets. This change aligns with FirstBank’s 129th founding anniversary and underscores its commitment to providing excellence in financial services.
As FirstBank continues its mission to promote inclusive financial services and partnerships, it has earned recognition in various global awards, solidifying its position as a market leader in CSR, ESG, and banking solutions.
These achievements reflect FirstBank’s dedication to nation-building and its pivotal role in Africa’s economic progress. Through strategic growth initiatives and a commitment to excellence, FirstBank remains at the forefront of financial inclusion and development.